'This is...a very powerful 'think-piece' which produces a compelling interpretation and linking together of a wide range of developments and specialist writings on Japan and the Asian region. The book is a must for anyone who has been unconvinced by conventional both Marxist and non-Marxist-writing on such matters as the rise and fall of the Japanese miracle, the recent Asian crisis, and the possibilities of a progressive transformation of the region. It is refreshing to find a critical analytical work which retains a vision of a better future and which can shift the debate from whether or not the developmental state is the means to make capitalism work, to whether or not capitalism can work for the majority of the world's population. While the argument is at times very dense and tightly written, it is also very clearly and succinctly put together for both specialists and non-specialists to follow.' - Rob Steve, University of New South Wales 'For English-language political economists, a huge gap is now filled. Burkett and Hart-Landsberg give us a lucid, uncompromisingly radical and entirely convincing account of East Asia's rise and crash. The book not only reviews and transcends the crucial lines of intellectual division, its conclusion on political struggles will be required reading for anyone seeking strategic clarity on the way forward.' - Patrick Bond, Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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About the Author
Paul Burkett teaches economics at Indiana State University. He is author of Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective.
Martin Hart-Landsberg teaches economics at Lewis & Clark, Portland, Oregon. He is author of Korea: Division, Reunification, and U.S. Foreign Policy.